Just visited Bowker to assign ISBNs for some future books, and I noted them offering to "Register Your Copyright" for only $79.95!
I've never been clear on the benefit of registering a copyright. What do you gain by registering a copyright, versus simply claiming one and keeping proof that you wrote the story?
The site claims that you must register to: Enforce your copyright, Recover up to $150,000 in statutory damages, protect your work for life + 70 years (U.S. only, I'm sure), and establish a legal record of content ownership.
Also, I've never been clear about the "@" copyright symbol. Can anyone use it (by default), or does that signify you legally filed for a copyright?
I'm not about to pay that much for something that's free, but I'm curious why anyone would pay that much.